Center on the Future of War

Exploring the changing nature of war and conflict


The Center on the Future of War explores the changing character of conflict and future security challenges through policy-oriented research, innovative educational programming, events, and outreach.

The Center has created a unique model for knowledge creation and dissemination through a partnership between Arizona State University and New America, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The Center builds on the strengths of both institutions, linking top academics from multiple fields with a team of global security policy experts. This provides ASU with a diverse research team, exceptional convening power, access to policy makers, and connections to national media to express the values and vision of the New American University.

The Center is based in the School of Politics and Global Studies in The College and is supported through ASU Presidential funds as well as internal and external grants. The Center recruits internationally recognized thought leaders as ASU faculty, student mentors, research collaborators, and members of the university intellectual community to explore and address pressing issues of conflict, human rights, governance, and security.

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Interdisciplinary policy-oriented research

The Center has created and managed research projects on moral injury, U.S. drone policy, open-source data analysis of security threats, weaponized narrative, oral histories on post-9/11 surveillance and detention, ISIS recruitment in Syria, and other issues.

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Creating a new model

The Center created the MA in Global Security, an interdisciplinary professional graduate program in the School of Politics and Global Studies. We are also currently exploring educational partnerships with Joint Special Operations University, U.S. Army NETCOM, Kings College London, the University of New South Wales, and others.


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Launching one of the nation's major annual security meetings: the Future Security Forum

The Center created a joint ASU/New America annual meeting on pressing security challenges with high level speakers from government, the media, the military, the academy, industry, and civil society, reaching thousands of influential attendees and viewers, and elevating ASU’s profile as a university leader in security policy.

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Over $1.5 million in research funding

The Center has managed over $1.5 million in grants.


Support from multiple foundations

We have received support from the Social Science Research Council, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others.


48 proposals submitted

The Center has submitted 48 proposals for research funding.

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Engaging students and the ASU and AZ communities

The Center has taught hundreds of students, mentored undergraduate and graduate students including over four dozen Student Research Fellows (including winners of Marshall and Fulbright awards), organized over 90 public lectures reaching more than 5,000 students, faculty, and members of the community, while also presenting over 30 lectures to area groups reaching more than 2,000 attendees.

Impactful output, significant awards and recognition

Center faculty and fellows have published articles in The New York Times Magazine, CNN, The Atlantic, Slate, Lawfare, Just Security, Foreign Policy, and major academic journals. The ASU/New America partnership has supported over 18 books published or in the pipeline, including several New York Times bestsellers. Center team members have been named Carnegie Fellows, and Social Science Research Council Fellows, and have been nominated and/or awarded: an Emmy, a Carnegie Fellowship, the Lionel Gelber Prize for best book by the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the Overseas Press Club Ed Cunningham Award, the Roy Rowan Award, Deadline Club Award for Magazine Investigative Reporting, and other prizes.

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